WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. The world's number one source for global intellectual property (patents, industrial designs, copyright, trademarks etc. 1970 – BIRPI becomes WIPO. The World Intellectual Property Organization is one of the 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations. WIPO has established WIPOnet, a global information network. WIPO's role in enforcing intellectual-property protections increased in the mid 1990s, when it signed a cooperation agreement with the World Trade Organization.